Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions soccer team continues MIAA conference play this weekend with a pair of games on the road. First, the Lions travel to Truman to take on the Bulldogs this afternoon at 3 p.m. and then travel to St. Charles, Mo. to take on Lindenwood Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Lions come into this weekend's action 2-5-1 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA after notching a pair of victories at home last weekend against Fort Hays State and Nebraska-Kearney. Behind a hat trick from senior forward Megan Stueve, who was named the MIAA women's soccer play of the week for her performance, the Lions recorded their first shutout of the year blanking Nebraska-Kearney 3-0 last Sunday. Two days earlier on Friday afternoon, the Lions notched their first victory of the year behind goals from seniors Natascha Lord and Candis Clark to hold off a late Fort Hays State rally to win 2-1.
The Lions take on Truman this afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Bulldog Soccer Pitch. The Bulldogs (6-2, 3-1) come into today's matchup off a 3-0 win last Sunday at home to Northwest Missouri State. Leading the way for the Bulldogs on offense is junior forward Trisha Shoemaker, who leads the MIAA with 19 points on the season. Shoemaker is also tied for first in the conference in goals with eight on the year through eight games. The Bulldogs offense likes to share the ball as they are second in the conference in assists with 17, and lead the conference in assists per game at 2.12 a contest.
On Sunday, the Lions will travel to St. Charles to take on the Lindenwood Lady Lions at 2 p.m. at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium. Being their lone game of the weekend, the Lady Lions (3-4-1, 0-4) come into Sunday's matchup off a pair of MIAA losses last weekend on the road to Northeastern State (2-1) and UCO (2-3). The Lady Lions are led offensively by senior forward Courtney Bresnahan who leads the team with five goals and 11 points on the year, while junior forward Bailey Cody has recorded 22 shots. The Lady Lions are also strong in net as junior goaltender Jade Davis leads the MIAA with 47 saves on the year, averaging a league-leading 6.71 a game.